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Date: 11/29/21 18:18
SP beets for SP day yesterday at the East Bay club
Author: dmaffei

Every fourth Sunday is theme day at the Golden State club at point Richmond CA. 
https://www.gsmrm.org/themedays.shtml
So I took 48 cars over and ran them with some of Mark's sound deprived power. Atlas U33C, Athearn SD45T2 With Kato motor, Scaletrains 40T2 and Kato powered SD39. 
Mark brought his lumber train with SIX SD9s. I caught it at Magnolia tower passing the wig wags. 
Highball the roll by....
Dave
Edit: great thread on the area surrounding the club
https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?11,5363271,page=1



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Date: 11/29/21 18:21
Re: SP beets for SP day yesterday at the East Bay club
Author: dmaffei

The lumber train by the wags. They started a bit late, but it's the thought that counts 
SD9e 4317 was lead locomotive. Story for that locomotive here
https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?3,4915599,4915599#4915599



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Date: 11/29/21 19:03
Re: SP beets for SP day yesterday at the East Bay club
Author: FiveChime

Amazing, especially knowing that each one of the loaded beet cars was an individual effort!

Regards, Jim Evans



Date: 11/29/21 19:15
Re: SP beets for SP day yesterday at the East Bay club
Author: dmaffei

Crossing under the WP on Altamont pass

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Date: 11/29/21 20:23
Re: SP beets for SP day yesterday at the East Bay club
Author: ChrisCampi

Couldn't take my eyes off the wig wag!



Date: 11/29/21 21:52
Re: SP beets for SP day yesterday at the East Bay club
Author: CPR_4000

Wow, 48 cars! All nicely weathered with good looking loads.



Date: 11/30/21 05:00
Re: SP beets for SP day yesterday at the East Bay club
Author: sp8192

Super impressive all around!  Wow!   That mixed freight needs at least one Amador Central boxcar right?!  



Date: 11/30/21 05:20
Re: SP beets for SP day yesterday at the East Bay club
Author: SPDRGWfan

The wig wag is pretty cool.  Having lived in California from 1967 to 1984 mostly in the Davis/Sacramento area, I can't remember for sure if I ever saw them in action.  The beet trains I did see running north past Davis to the Spreckles plant.

That beet train is fantastic.

Cheers,
Jim



Date: 11/30/21 08:44
Re: SP beets for SP day yesterday at the East Bay club
Author: alcoc636

Dave, what a train! You have done the SP proud! Awesome job on that SP beet train! It reminds me of what was probably my last trip on an SP beet train (can't remember the date). I was working the engineer's extraboard out of Los Angeles. I got called for a daylight trip (amazing). We deadheaded to Colton to take over a westbound loaded beet train from an East Pool crew. I got aboard at 9th Street in old Colton near the crossing of the Santa Fe. I had to take slack (an old head trick that I had been shown) to get the train to move (before the "new" beet cars came along). As I recall if was an uneventful trip west past West Colton yard and on to Los Angeles for a crew change at the top end of A-yard under the Glendale Freeway (Hwy. 2) . . . . . uneventful except for having a friend (trespasser?) along for the trip! You have brought back some great memories for me. Thanks for sharing the videos! Thanks for your excellent modeling efforts!

Tim Dickinson
SP Engineer, retired
La Verne, CA

P.S. I loved the operating pair of wig-wags too! We don't have any wig-wags on my model railroad . . . . . hmmmm?



Date: 11/30/21 08:46
Re: SP beets for SP day yesterday at the East Bay club
Author: BoilingMan

Very impressive!   I saw lots of beets and several 'wags growing up on the Coast Line in Santa Barbara- you've definitely captured the look.
SR



Date: 11/30/21 15:41
Re: SP beets for SP day yesterday at the East Bay club
Author: chakk

CPR_4000 Wrote:
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> Wow, 48 cars! All nicely weathered with good
> looking loads.

At first I thought someone was removing beet cars from the consist stage right and adding them back onto the train stage left.



Date: 12/01/21 13:44
Re: SP beets for SP day yesterday at the East Bay club
Author: Matt_Gidley

That's an impressive beet train for sure.  The wig-wag is amazing.  Did you notice the tiny gear arms actually worked!  THat's insane.  But so is 48!!! beet cars. 



Date: 12/01/21 14:09
Re: SP beets for SP day yesterday at the East Bay club
Author: SPDRGWfan

I'd like to know how the wig wags were constructed.  Kit?  Scratch?



Date: 12/01/21 15:58
Re: SP beets for SP day yesterday at the East Bay club
Author: PHall

SPDRGWfan Wrote:
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> I'd like to know how the wig wags were
> constructed.  Kit?  Scratch?

Looks like scratchbuilt to me. Doesn't match either the Sunrise Models kit or the American Model Builders kit.



Date: 12/04/21 10:07
Re: SP beets for SP day yesterday at the East Bay club
Author: dmaffei

alcoc636 Wrote:
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> It reminds me of what was probably my last trip on an SP beet train 

Thanks Tim and all for the kind words.
I think that's what modeling is all about. Recreation of the cool stuff we remember and enjoyed from the past. I kept the train short as all 64 cars would have been a bit much for a busy day on the railroad. Hopefully soon I'll have some of my own power with sound. Sounds of locomotives that are getting fewer in numbers in the real world. So keep modeling!
As for the Wags, I had to ask the members and received an answer this morning. 
"the wig wags were bought a long time ago I think they were made by a guy named  Rich Eaton,  supposedly he is going to make some more"
found this on line

https://www.brasstrains.com/Classic/Product/Detail/104562/HO-Brass-Rich-Eaton-Models-Operating-Wig-Wag-Signal-Lot-of-6-With-Motors
 



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